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Culpeper Roof Garden

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Whitechapel
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Culpeper Roof Garden

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A great bar on the rooftop of the Culpeper in Commercial Street.

Every once in a while we all pine for a patch of greenery in London. That's probably why punters seem so taken with this little hideaway of a garden on the rooftop of Culpeper pub on Commercial Street. This roof space, just a stone's throw from the City's skyscrapers, is used to grow veggies and herbs that feature on the gastro pub's modern menu, so it's double the gherkin up here.

There are a few rustic tables parked between climbing vines, or benches to perch on beside planters flourishing with herbaceous life, but in truth, seating is scant, making this a very desirable spot for some peas and quiet. As a result, drifters hover around the entrance to the fourth-floor terrace hoping to snap up a seat – you're best advised to book ahead for sunset snacks and supping.

It’s worth the advance thought, as the dedicated cocktail bar sits under a glass atrium at the entrance and churns out unique beverages channeling the twee garden charm. Try a lemon-thyme ambrosia (£7.50), which isn’t as soft as it sounds thanks to brandy, calvados and prosecco all in the mix. A garden julep even samples a herb of the day added to lemon and bourbon.

Also perched by the entrance is a wood-fired grill barbecuing delicious meats and sides for a well-rounded meal or the likes of Merguez sausages (£4) and Piedmontese peppers (£4) for a lighter bite. Food up here is just as good as on the gastropub’s restaurant floor, but a word of warning: you may be in for a smoky old time if the wind’s blowing in the wrong direction.

By: Laura Richards



Address: 40 Commercial Street
E1 6LP
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street; Aldgate East. Overground: Shoreditch High Street
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The Culpeper itself is a great bar and restaurant but the rooftop - oh my! It's so nice and relaxed, the mood lighting at night is great. I love that there is an area (even if it's small) that is sheltered from bad weather and it has a lovely greenhouse/conservatory feel.

Not only will you be able to enjoy great food, but the view from the rooftop is unreal. It isn't very high up, but you've got a really special view of all the high-rises around you and towards the city.

I can't wait till the summer and to spend lots of warm evenings here again.

Came here after work with some colleagues - we had made reservations on the roof garden. Such a lovely environment with a wonderful view- and currently a giant light up pickle! 

The food is very nice, but the menu is very limited up the top. Grilled mackerel with chilli pickled beetroot was very nice, as well as the ratatouille. The roof only has a very small kitchen area, which explains the limited menu - perhaps they should look at installing a dumb waiter in order to bring up food from the kitchens and expand their menu a bit more at the top. 

The bar serves beer in cans, and a couple of interesting cocktails that are made with pickle ingredients, although they do not have a strong taste. You are welcome to bring up drinks from the pub below, which is advisable as they have a very good selection. 

Staff are friendly and approachable, and there is a pleasant relaxed environment. The rooftop bar fills quickly, and you need a reservation for dinner in order to get a table. 

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I didn't see the roof garden and I have heard great things about it. I loved the look of this bar from the outside. I was meeting some friends and this is where we chose. I was really early so I went in and ordered a fresh lime and soda water (£2). I loved the interior but sat at the bar because there were no tables. It wasn't really busy, just not the best use of floor space for tables. This place was really let down by the staff. I wasn't told if there was a happy hour or not, not welcoming at all and the worst possible offence, the bartender took my drink before I was finished, without asking. I text my friends to rearrange a meeting place.

At Culpeper you have find some amazing beers that are quite hard to find in other bars i.e. Brixton beer

Food is also quite good and the location is great. I recommended as a first stop when going from the City to Brick lane

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